Opened in 1953, under Arthur and Roger Robinson, who also operated the Ypsi-Ann and Willow Drive-Ins, the Scio originally could accomodate about 400 cars, and had a single 65-foot screen. In 1967, the General Cinema Corporation took over the Scio. Seven years later, under VIP Theatres, the Scio switched to adult films, which caused controversy because area residents complained that the racy fare could be seen from both Jackson Road and the nearby I-94 expressway. However, not only did the theater remain in operation (despite briefly being forced to close by the authorities in 1975), an adult bookstore was built on the drive-in's property, as well. By the late 70s, the drive-in was expanded to accomodate more than 700 cars. The Scio closed in 1985, and was demolished in 1991. The site remains vacant today. [Cinema Treasures]
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